CIP4and IDEAlliance Announce Free Online Training


JDF Expert Training Series Moves to CIP4 Website


Washington, DC (April 9, 2014) — IDEAlliance and The International Cooperation for the Integration of the Processes in Prepress, Press and Postpress (CIP4) organization announced that the JDF Expert Certification Training Program content has been moved to the CIP4 website and is now available to the general public free of charge. The JDF Expert Certificate program is a 15-part training program designed to teach anyone interested in process automation the fundamentals of using the Job Definition Format (JDF) in print automation. Those interested in being certified by IDEAlliance as a JDF Expert may register for the exam on the IDEAlliance website.

Although programmers, developers and IT specialists may benefit from the program, the program is designed so that printers, educators, students, consultants and other non-programmers can readily learn the basics of JDF. The program is appropriate for printing professionals that are responsible for managing automation implementation programs at printing companies, publishing companies, or at prepress or premedia shops.

Students begin with the fundamentals of reading XML, learn how JDF is structured, and then learn how JDF is applied to common automation tasks. Furthermore, the program includes summaries of changes to JDF in version 1.3 and 1.4.

Individuals that want to become certified as JDF Experts can opt to take a certification exam through IDEAlliance for a nominal fee. Those who pass the JDF Expert Certification exam are posted in the IDEAlliance Official Directory of Certified Industry Professionals as well as the CIP4 Certified JDF Experts list. There are over 70 JDF Certified Experts from 17 countries. Furthermore, Certified JDF Experts are issued the JDF Expert logo for use on business cards, stationary, online and in marketing materials. The JDF Expert Certificate Training series can now be found at, where information is also available on the JDF Expert Certificate exam.



About CIP4

CIP4 brings together vendors, consultants, and end-users in the print communications, graphic arts industry, and associated sectors, covering a variety of equipment, software, peripherals, and processes. Members participate in focused working groups to define the Job Definition Format (JDF), PrintTalk, and other standards relevant to process automation; to study user requirements; to test product interoperability; and to develop a range of JDF software development tools as well as educational resources. Information on CIP4, including membership details, is available from the organization’s website: Or contact: either Stefan Daun, Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics, +49 6151 155 575, or Jim Harvey, CIP4 Executive Director, +1 410 451 5040,

About JDF

The Job Definition Format (JDF) is the industry specification designed to facilitate process automation and the integration of different applications and systems in and around the graphic arts industry. Widely adopted and recognized worldwide as a key industry standard, JDF also enables the integration of business management and job planning applications into the production workflow. JDF is based on the W3C’s Extensible Markup Language (XML), ensuring maximum interoperability between different platforms and ready interaction with Internet systems. More information is available at

About IDEAlliance

IDEAlliance (International Digital Enterprise Alliance) is a not-for-profit membership organization that has been a leader in information technology and publishing since 1966. IDEAlliance advances core technology to develop standards and best practices to enhance efficiency and speed information across the end-to-end integrated media supply chain - creation, production, management, and delivery of knowledge-based multimedia content - digitally and in print. IDEAlliance members represent a unique convergence of the leading brand owners, agencies, publishers, printers, materials suppliers and solution providers. IDEAlliance provides a user-driven, cross-industry, and open environment in which its members can strategize, innovate, standardize, and implement solutions to real business challenges in eMedia-based publishing. For more information, see


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